Carl E. Vuono

Carl E. Vuono
Birth name Carl Edward Vuono
Born (1934-10-18) October 18, 1934
Monongahela, Pennsylvania
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1957-1991
Rank General
Commands held
  • Chief of Staff, United States Army
  • Training and Doctrine Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Other work CEO, Military Professional Resources Inc.

Carl Edward Vuono (born October 18, 1934) is a retired United States Army General who served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1987 to 1991.

Early life and career

He was born on 18 October 1934 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. He is of Finnish and Italian ancestry. He began his career as a field artillery officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy, in West Point, New York. After graduating with the class of 1957, he served three tours in Vietnam as an artillery battalion executive officer with the 1st Infantry Division in 1966-67; executive officer of Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in 1970; and as commander, 1st Battalion, 77th Artillery in 1970-1971. Vuono rose through the ranks quickly, serving several times in the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, in which he eventually became its commander in 1986.

Awards and decorations

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star with "V" Device and four oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal (12 awards)
Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Vietnam Service Medal with four Service stars
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 2
Order of Military Merit (Grand Cross) (Brazil)
Order of National Security Merit (Korea) Gugseon Medal
National Order of Merit (France) (Commander)
Gallantry Cross (Vietnam) with Silver Star
Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st class
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation (Vietnam)
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Post retirement

After his retirement from the Army, Vuono joined Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), a private military company, in 1993. . Since 1999 he has served as the CEO of MPRI. L-3 Communications acquired MPRI in June 2000 at which point Vuono was offered a senior management position at L-3 Communications.

In 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award by the West Point Association of Graduates.

He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.

Military offices
Preceded by
Jack W. "Neil" Merritt
Commandant of the United States Army Command and General Staff College
June 24, 1983 - June 9, 1985
Succeeded by
Robert W. RisCassi
Preceded by
William R. Richardson
Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
Succeeded by
Maxwell R. Thurman
Preceded by
John A. Wickham Jr.
Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Succeeded by
Gordon R. Sullivan

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